To make the cunning artless, tame the rude, subdue the haughty, shake the undaunted soul; yea, put a bridle in the lions mouth, and lead him forth as a domestic cur,these are the triumphs of all-powerful beauty.
A pretty, silly, self-conceited woman will very often be far more courted, and seemingly far more liked and admired, than a woman of infinitely higher charms. All the while the men do not like her a tenth part as well.
She carried about her an indefinable air of having been used to love, or admiration probably, of men as well as women, which the most exquisitely modest women will sometimes wear, and which is unmistakable as it is alluring to the eye.
Our poor eyes were so enriched as to behold, and our low hearts so exalted as to love, a maid who is such, that as the greatest thing the world can show is her beauty, so the least thing that may be praised in her is her beauty.